Wine Blog

January 16, 2019

Wonderful Waistline Wino

Chances are you put back more than a few bottles of delicious wine over the Holidays. Chances are, you’re not alone. Chances are, I may have drunk my share (and then some), too. Wine was just the start – I blasted through a few bottles...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 12

  Nichol Vineyard Extra Brut Rose 2017 The gang at Nichol are famous for their delicious wines from the country’s first plantings of Syrah, but you’ve got to try the bubble! This is the second vintage of this wine, which was first made in 2016 pretty much...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 11

  Le Vieux Pin ‘Cuvee Violette’ Syrah 2016   Have you tried the Syrahs from Le Vieux Pin? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some of the finest red wines in the country. Although the 'Cuvee Violette' is their entry level offering, it’s delicious and complex. It’s a...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 10

  2017 Quails’ Gate Optima Quails’ Gate is one of the most established producers in the Okanagan Valley. They make a wide range of wines, but are most well known for producing some of the Valley’s top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Optima has a tendency to...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 9

  Synchromesh Stormhaven Riesling 2016 Alan Dickinson is a Riesling fanatic. So much so that he’s almost dedicated his winery to the grape. At my last count he made 9 different Rieslings. All are fermented with indigenous yeasts and farmed without the use of chemicals. (*Note: They...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 8

  2017 Wild Goose Mystic River Gewürztraminer Admittedly Gewürztraminer is not my favourite grape. So many examples of it are overdone, soapy, and potpourri-like on the nose but sweet, and flabby, with no acidity on the palate to balance the sweetness. This is a stunning example of what...

January 16, 2019

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 7

  2016 Stag’s Hollow Albariño Here’s an absolutely crushable (yet still serious) wine from Okanagan Falls’ Stag’s Hollow Winery. Owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Preugger are awesome because they refuse to follow the norm when it comes to planting grapes in the Valley. These guys make some...

December 17, 2018

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Wine 6

  Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut This traditional method sparkler is always on hand at my house, especially over the holidays. It’s possibly BC’s most well-known bubble and has certainly earned its street cred!  This wine is comprised form estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of...

December 17, 2018

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Day 5

  2016 Lock & Worth Winery Semillon Have you had the wines from Lock & Worth? It’s a partnership between Ross Hackworth, owner of Nichol Vineyards, and Matt Sherlock, who, in addition to working at Nichol, also imports one of the most exciting portfolios of wine in...

December 17, 2018

The Twelve Wines of Christmas: Day 4

  2014 Clos du Soleil Winery Celestiale In my opinion, Clos du Soleil is absolutely one of the top wineries in the Province! Under the direction of winemaker Michael Clark (who trained in Bordeaux and Geneva) they are making fantastic, elegant wines from mostly Bordeaux grape varieties farmed...